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BRIClab: Stew & Heidi’s LISTENING PARTY (Work in Progress)
Nov 22, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
BRIC House Artist Studio
Tony and OBIE Award winner Stew and longtime collaborator OBIE Award winner Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange, The Negro Problem) unleash their piercing gaze, and raw rock storytelling on a mash-up of several projects in development including 3 full-blown musicals, a video-art piece about their Brooklyn neighborhood, two song-cycles and a collection of poems and songs for their next record. Stew & Heidi will explore a “work collage” of the artistic questions (and answers) which will inform their work for the next two years, culminating in an evening of process as entertainment.
With Stew & Heidi’s Listening Party we’re gonna do something we’ve never done before: present an evening of entertainment based on a mash-up of all the future projects we’re working on. Essentially, it’s an evening of process as entertainment. Through this great opportunity BRIC has given us, we’ll be able to freely explore all the pieces that are in our heads (and on our calendars) at their various stages of development, all at the same time. Some of these commissioned pieces are embryonic while others we’ve been working on for years. They include everything from 3 full-blown musicals to a modest video-art piece about the neighborhood, along with two song-cycles and a collection of poems and songs that will be on our next record. And we’re pretty certain that out of this experimental approach, yet another piece will emerge. All the projects are set to debut in 2014/2015 both in and outside of New York. Stew & Heidi’s Listening Party is a chance to create a “work collage” of the artistic questions (and answers) which will inform our lives for the next two years. Like putting all our work on a bulletin board and listening to it.
BRIC has offered us not only an art space but an artistic head-space within which to think freely about our work and our process. During the week leading up to the presentations we want to let the different pieces speak to us and to each other and listen to what they have to say. We’re going to find out a lot about these pieces when we put them all on the same stage and we, the usually all-knowing artists, will be in the same boat as the audience. We haven’t got the slightest idea what kind of story this evening is going to tell. But it won’t be a story any of us have ever heard before. This approach is un-chartered, scary & irreverent, even for us. In other words… just how we like it.
There really is no other public place we can think of that would allow us and actually encourage us to attempt something this nutty. It’s not the kind of show that would fit in a “proper” theater or rock club. It is our hope, therefore, that it will be, simply, a “BRIC House” type show.